Dempsey and Makepeace: Season 1, Episode 1

Armed and Extremely Dangerous (11 Jan. 1985)

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New York Police Lieutenant James Dempsey kills his corrupt partner Joey and has to lay low until the case can be further investigated. His superior O'Grady sends Dempsey to London, England ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Glynis Barber ...
Ray Smith ...
Ralph Michael ...
Terence Alexander ...
Commander Duffield
Ray Jewers ...
Phil Parris
Mark Wing-Davey ...
Mark Savory
David Baxt ...
Ross Murray ...
Desmond Cullum-Jones ...
Billy Kearns ...
O'Grady (as William Kearns)
Norman Chancer ...
Douglas Milvain ...
Sir John Fielding
John Barcroft ...
Asst. Com. Jennings


New York Police Lieutenant James Dempsey kills his corrupt partner Joey and has to lay low until the case can be further investigated. His superior O'Grady sends Dempsey to London, England as part of an exchange of officers. Chief Superintendent Spikings, head of SI10 is not to pleased to have a 'yank' forced onto his department. He decides to couple Dempsey with his complete opposite, Sergeant Makepeace, an upper class English rose on a case involving a mysterious shipment of caviar. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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11 January 1985 (UK)  »

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Dempsey uses a Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver, Makepeace a Smith and Wesson .38 Special. When Michael Brandon appears as General Sanchez in the Doctor Who story 'The Stolen Earth' his character uses the same weapon. After the series ended the crew gave Brandon the deactivated pistol as a souvenir See more »


Makepeace: [posing as a waitress] What you lot want?
Spikings: Lager.
Makepeace: What about you?
Dempsey: [thinks for a moment] Scotch on the rocks.
Makepeace: Got no bleedin' rocks here, mate, you'll have to make do with a lump of ice.
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Featured in Dempsey and Makepeace: The Burning (1986) See more »

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Classic TV from the 80 s
9 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a great TV show this was. Just watched the feature length 1st episode.There was some good action(Specially for a TV show) great one liners and it moved along very quickly.The cars look dated now and Mrs Barber out fits are a bit butch but it does stand the test of time unlike some shows from the same time.Michael Brandon is a very good leading man and should have been a bigger star than he is. Why they only made 3 seasons, 30 episodes is a shame.It could have run for a bit longer i am sure. Highly recommended to anyone who likes the action shows of the 70s and 80s.Go and get the DVD box set(1&2 in the Uk only) and enjoy this classic show.

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